I have been lucky in my career in media. I have never felt unsafe or objectified in my professional life by a superior, male or female. I know that’s a rarity. It’s rare to feel heard and respected and not treated like I am beneath a boss or to never had someone in that position ever objectify me to my face or treat me inappropriately. It is luck, I am lucky.
That is the problem. No one should feel lucky. It should just be this way. Equality doesn’t mean women are better then men, it doesn’t mean we are exactly the same. It means that everyone truly respects and appreciates the other person, their strengths, their input, their views.
I have been fortunate to have bosses, directors, producers who have mostly been male, treat me with respect, listen to my thoughts, take my advice or suggestions into consideration, ask for my input. Sometimes they agree, sometimes they don’t but I never felt uncomfortable, unsafe or undervalued.
This should be the norm for every single person in any profession. It is time to make my fortune experiences to be the norm. My hope is that everyone will feel and be safe and valued everywhere, not just in the workplace. Let’s start now.
So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women… and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again. ~ Oprah